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03-11-2019 at 11:09 AM
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Your Epic Moments in Gaming

When I was in my early teens I was on vacation with a friend and his family. The holiday park had all kind of attractions including roller coasters. Most importantly there was an arcade – not a big one - but enough to satisfy all the teenagers who were there for the week.

This arcade had a new game neither we nor any of the other kids had seen before. It was 1987 and the game was called Double Dragon.

This was a completely new kind of game and queueing up for our turn was how we spent much of that week. Despite a huge number of coins being fed to the machine, nobody managed to reach the end. By the end of the week we had practised and felt confident we could do it. Our turn came and, surrounded by other kids we got further and further into the game. All of a sudden it was showdown time and we had to fight each other for the victory. With dry mouths and shaking hands we abandoned our close alliance and turned on each other. Nobody had expected this savage twist at the finale and more and more people squeezed around the cabinet.

I was defeated but it was ok. We turned around and a sea of people parted to let us through. We both felt ten feet high and, even now, I regard my foot as the best way to deflect a thrown knife.

I’m sure plenty of people have stories like this to share?

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  1. kernzyp's Avatar

    In 1987/8, on the way home at lunch time, the bus went past a chip shop on Morning Lane called "Chris's Plaice". (You may have been there, yourself, Dave?) My pal told me they had a Bomb Jack machine, so I got off the bus.
    I put my ten pence in, and waited my turn.
    Kids from the local school came and put their money in, and were very disappointed when their lunch time was up.
    The same kids came in again after school and couldn't believe I was still playing, and realised they could still play their credits. Soon they went home gutted for a second time.
    I played for seven and a half hours on a new machine and never returned ever again. Three guys watched the entire game.
    27 million and a neck ache from hell.
    That was my arcade moment.

  2. RTM's Avatar

    My only "epic" moment was from summer of 1984. I was on my way home while in NYC and passing thru Penn Station and the "Station Break" arcade and popped in for a bit.

    I recapped the story previously on the TG forum (see below) but in short, after seeing a very obnoxious SW player put up a 99,999,951 on the cockpit version, I decided for the heck of it to play and beat his score for spite and ended up after 17 hours later with a score of 99,999,983 just when the guy was back in the arcade. I put my initials up and never saw him again. Full story within the link below (2003) and again in the CAG forum (2007)

    https://www.twingalaxies.com/archive/index.php/t-110582.html
    http://www.classicarcadegaming.com/forums/index.php?topic=287.15

  3. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Middle of nowhere here, but there was a Street Fighter 2 cabinet in a little diner, me and a buddy played all the time-we went to Carowinds, a pretty big theme park(ehhh...1991/1992?), it still had a huge arcade then.

    There was a SF2 machine that was just a base, the game projected to a screen, and tho I typically used Dhalsim, I decided to go with Chun-Li.

    I just kept winning and winning-Charlotte is a big town, I'm sure I was playing against power players, but I was just trying to jump fast and kick fast, lol, and finally had to walk away or lose the entire day at the theme park!


    Got back to real life, and me and my buddy got back to our routine, he'd beat me, I'd beat him-but I was just on fire that day, in front of a lot of people, and it felt pretty cool.


    The George Thorogood concert that night was just icing on the cake!!!

    :)

  4. Conjured Entertainment's Avatar

    Years before I was old enough to have a driver's license, I held our local arcade's high score for Pole Position. One night a crowd had gathered around the Pole Position machine. I waited my turn and finished the race running wide open without hitting the brakes or crashing. This was not my first time doing it, but I was getting better at reducing my skids on the sharp turns and thus increasing my personal best. I later watched the other players take turns trying to beat my run. I got the biggest kick out of it when the older guys who had driver's licenses got pissed off when they crashed and their girl friends began teasing them about not being able to beat me. Not that I enjoyed them getting upset, but it was comforting to have those attractive older girls making fun of them and not me.

  5. nads's Avatar

    My story involves no gameplay but still it was an adrenalin inducing encounter.

    There used to be this seedy arcade hall in town, where my friend and would go to play a few games of Hyper Olympics. One day we got there and had to wait for two long haired gentlemen to finish ( I was 14 at the time my friend 16 ) at the end of the game the player when he fails motions with hand in a way the it could be said he is pleasing himself ( video below) .

    My friend always thought this was hilarious and said " look he is wanking himself!" Unfortunately the two gentlemen heard and not so politely asked " what the f@$& did you say about me!!!"

    Anyway fear gripped us tightly as these guys rose from the machine, my mate was trying to explain but instead I grabbed his arm and bolted to exit as fast as possible. To my horror these came after us!! Luckily they weren't as good as there video game character and we managed to get away after what seemed ages!

    Once we were safe we pissed ourselves with laughter. What EPIC arcade experience!!


  6. Pearl2hu's Avatar

    Almost getting to the TLB of DoDonPachi onstream with 30 viewers, I was born after arcades were around so I never had the experience of playing infront of people in person.

  7. Lonnie's Avatar
    Playing Joust for 24hours in 1982.
    Submitting it to Williams Electronics and getting a letter back stating it was an amazing feat and proclaiming me it's champion.
  8. dedmunds's Avatar

    My epic moment to date (equally) was getting top score on Double Dragon for 1up arcade during the Battle of the Arcades here in Australia last year, the other was winning the inaugural 'Boss Fight' trophy at 1up Arcade (Boss Fight is when the owner (Steve) sets the record in the Arcade and then we all try to beat it) - Once again this was on Double Dragon. Beginning to see that i need to diversify a little there...

    Most satisfying moment (epic for me) was either finishing shadow warriors (ninja garden), Super Mario Bros. 3 or TMNT on NES as a 9 year old kid. Honorable mention also goes to when my bro and I finished Burai Fighter on Ace difficulty when we were kids, that felt like quite an achievement at the time :)

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  9. Stephen Daultrey's Avatar

    Nice recount @Dave Hawksett . Double Dragon was the first game I ever played in an arcade and for many, many years it was my most fondly remembered game, holding a special place in my heart. (There were some brilliant 8-bit conversions, not least on the Amstrad CPC and NES, which I played to death).

    Last year I downloaded the "original" arcade version onto my PS4. I was amazed at how "fixed" it felt, not saying it was of course, but the game seemed to make it impossible to evade blows the further you progressed. Am sure the hardened TG players can shed much light and tips. Also, not sure how authentic that PS4 version actually was. But it did bring back some memories!

    Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja though - now I was in the arcades when my best mate at school and his brother completed that one. Another side-scrolling martial arts classic.

    As for my own epic moment in gaming - completing Renegade 3 on the CPC was quite impressive, given everyone hated it and it had a reputation for being very, very difficult, to boot. I stuck with it. Okay, that's not quite as epic as your moment, Dave... ;)

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  10. Kelly Kerr's Avatar

    I once got really drunk at a party and started talking smack about my Dr Mario skills. After I mopped the floor with about 5 different people and won a bunch of money I was told to leave. Thats the only time I have ever really talked smack and took a challenge and to be honest, I have a big mouth and my game skills were rusty so it might have been the alcohol. Every now and again someone brings that up and it usually gets alot of laughs.

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  11. Muerto's Avatar

    Recently I had a gathering in The Shed, where Kim @MrMoist appeared in The Shed at roughly 00:45AM and decided to play a game of Donkey Kong,
    after a good start where he got 500k+ on is first man, he ended up Kill Screening the game for the first time, and all hell broke loose! all in all an epic night.

    Enjoy :D



    aaaaaand, video links wont show properly @admin staff

    Sorry to say, but this site is still pretty buggy! Just edited something, and half of the text was deleted when i saved the changes............


    What I'm trying to post here, is something a simle PHP forum can display:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/eg1t9d54aykr1r1/ERROR.txt?dl=0

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  12. Megaretroman's Avatar

    My first time becoming a Seattle Retro Gaming champion in 2013

    Qualified at #2 seed on 1990 NWC (Before I was good at it).

    Played a game/series I had never played before (Saturn Bomberman) and advanced to the next round on the last chance possible.

    Played 2-player Sonic 2, blessed be they chose for us to do the bonus half-pipe stages. Advanced to the Semi Finals 2-1.

    Played Street Fighter II Turbo. We had to choose 3 characters before the round. I selected Sagat, Ken and Ryu (winner of each match switches characters) Toyed with the guy using Sagat, 2nd match was a little more 1 sided using Ken, then got a double perfect with Ryu. Funniest moment was the color commentator was telling the crowd to give it up for the players. The crowd was like uhhhh nooooo that's okay. They were dead silent because I was destroying my opponent and felt bad for him. Advance to Finals 3-0.

    Finals match was another game I had never played; Ice Climber. They gave us a couple practice rounds to adapt to the controls AND THOSE JUMP MECHANICS (Good God!)

    I ended up winning by a 4,000 point difference.

    2014 I became the first ever 2x finalist and was defeated by one of my best friends in Super Dodge Ball.

    2015 Once again became a finalist and became not only the first (and only) 3x Finalist, but the (first and only so far) multi-time Seattle Retro Gaming Champion. Our Finals game was Ice Hockey and has been labeled the best Finals match in SRGE history.

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  13. Marco1019's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by RTM

    My only "epic" moment was from summer of 1984. I was on my way home while in NYC and passing thru Penn Station and the "Station Break" arcade and popped in for a bit.

    I recapped the story previously on the TG forum (see below) but in short, after seeing a very obnoxious SW player put up a 99,999,951 on the cockpit version, I decided for the heck of it to play and beat his score for spite and ended up after 17 hours later with a score of 99,999,983 just when the guy was back in the arcade. I put my initials up and never saw him again. Full story within the link below (2003) and again in the CAG forum (2007)

    https://www.twingalaxies.com/archive/index.php/t-110582.html
    http://www.classicarcadegaming.com/forums/index.php?topic=287.15


    Thanks for sharing! Wow...Station Break...talk about a flashback.

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  14. Conjured Entertainment's Avatar

    TODAY! (even though it was not video gaming)

    I just found in mint condition (other than 1 tear in a corner of the top half of the box) a OUIJA board.

    Copyright 1972 Parker Brothers edition! ( numbered 600 ? )

    That was a year before the release of "The Exorcist" in 1973, and the social crossover of the perception of the OUIJA board as a spiritual tool for mediums, referred to as a talking board, to a communication device of evil that can unleash demons.

    I can remember playing with these as a little kid, and I was hoping to come across a decent one used, but never thought I would find one this old in this condition for $3.99.

    Today had an epic moment in gaming for me, and I will have lots of fun playing with this, even though it is not intended for single player use.

    WMUHAHAHAHAHA!


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  15. Dave Hawksett's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Conjured Entertainment

    referred to as a talking board, to a communication device of evil that can unleash demons.

    You mean like a gaming forum on the Interweb?

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  16. Conjured Entertainment's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hawksett


    You mean like a gaming forum on the Interweb?

    It's the lack of understanding, or the fear of the unknown, that gives the OUIJA any meaning other than "good luck".

    Perceptions summon the negative energy from positive things.


    https://thoughtcatalog.com/christine-stockton/2017/06/ouija-board-stories/


    While there are 'warnings' from people and 'instructions' from others on how to use the OUIJA board, you should try to keep an open mind if you want to get the most out of it.

    Here is one list of 'rules' you should know before using a OUIJA talking board....

    https://thoughtcatalog.com/erin-cossetta/2018/03/21-ouija-board-rules-everyone-needs-to-know-before-they-start-playing/

    However, I disagree with those instructions, and you can find my comments relating to them in this list below,.,

    1) lol
    2) WELCOME!
    3) I wouldn't ask that anyway, because I am interested in the spirit more than myself.
    4) I have no reason to doubt it. ( keep an open mind without pre-programmed doubt )
    5) Solitude is the only way to ensure the removal of negative energy, including doubt.
    6) There's no place like home. There's no place like home.
    7) see #5
    8) see #5
    9) Humor, as a mood or state of mind, can be received as positive or negative energy. The medium should attempt to be emotionless as a receptor, instead of projecting emotions or energy whether positive or negative.
    10) Video camera is recording.
    11) Time elapsed video, or motion sensor, camera is recording.
    12) Your break is at the end of the communication.
    13) Or, "until we meet again" ;)
    14) Infrared camera if you want TOTAL DARKNESS.
    15) It's not malevolent if it's giving you a sign of wanting to end the communication.
    16) Your questioning (or lack of understanding the answers, as in this case) may be an endless cycle that is driving the spirit to its perceived state of malevolence.
    17) Fear no evil. You should command it to return to its spiritual place, instead of you leaving your physical space.
    18) To reject Zozo without cause would be to give into the judgemental temptations that I should resist. Love, acceptance, and understanding are what Zozo needs. Should I show prejudice towards that spirit because someone else perceived it as malevolent? Surely, you jest. ;)
    19) Is there a better place than a cemetery for spirits to be found? (historic battlefields perhaps?)
    20) see #9
    21) see #11

    Can you believe there are some groups of people that fear these 'games' to the point they want to ban them???

    With that said, never forget the meaning of the word OUIJA .... GOOD LUCK!



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  17. Muerto's Avatar

    Seriously.

    I just edited and pasted the original content in my post (here in this thread) And it still ain't shown the right way?
    @admin staff What am I to do to make this work?

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